Starting this post in response to #kinderblog14 Week 2 challenge and am not sure where it will lead me. I have found two interesting posts one about 21st Century Learning learning and Kathy Cassidy on digital citizenship citizenship
Truth be told I tried to leave a comment on the first post about 21st century honesty, but kept having tech glitches on my iPad. (Now if that isn’t irony, I don’t know what is!) I think I will share with you my conundrum about all this tech to tie in the two posts. IMHO (in my humble opinion – how I love that one!) at times I feel I am bombarded and in overload trying to figure this all out for me, my teaching and my students. “Tech” is out there and cannot be ignored. Often times I am so in awe and envious at the ease some teachers have with all this integrating apps into their programs. I cheer hurray when I am successful and my kinders are so excited to show what they can do. We have computers and iPads available for my students. They use the iPads with our balanced literacy program as well as practicing handwriting. They love listening to stories on them and doing Pic Collage. They play with Geoboards and then extend this to the iPad app. We have a many apps they can use. And they are amazing. Watching them help each other whether on the computer or iPads demonstrates their interest and excitement about using these tools. And the language that they use to help each other and me, shows me their understanding of their work. Ignoring that tech is part of the curriculum is like the proverbial saying “like an ostrich, burying its head in the sand”.
So how do we do it ALL when we strive to balance all that is asked of us as teachers and then what we know about young children and what we feel is best for them? I have many more questions then answers and often wake up at night trying to figure this all out. For me some of the positives of technology outside the classroom are:
PLUSES: Connecting to classes in different parts of the world with Skype and Twitter. #globalclassroom that can lead to collaborative PBL: #geniushour learning to be shared outside our walls
CONCERNS: Does it take away from the f2f relationships between teacher and child? Do we become to obsessed with the tech and “there’s an app for that” mentality? AND then there is play. PLAY is where the learning really takes place. Isn’t it? We can look at play in many ways, but for our kinders hands on messy sharing talking problem solving gross and fine motor movement is play. What play does: